During the last two or three weeks the newspapers of the country have been publishing from paragraphs to columns of matter denouncing the "unjust attacks on a legitimate (?) business" and abusing Collier's Weekly for publishing "sensational articles which are calculated to mislead the public." We have never known before what a noble, self-sacrificing business that of the nostrum manufacturer is, nor have we realized how necessary to human life these nostrums are. Sophistry, half-truths and plausible arguments are so intermixed that, to the ordinary individual, it would seem that the nostrum business is not only legitimate and honorable, but absolutely necessary for the welfare of the race. Except in rare instances this matter has not appeared in the metropolitan and leading dailies, for evident reasons, but the smaller newspapers and those that are less independent seem to be the ones that are compelled to defend the "Great American Fraud." The
THE POWER AND INFLUENCE OF THE PROPRIETARY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA. JAMA. 1905;XLV(21):1577–1578. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510210047009
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